Disagree with respect, be wrong with integrity, and be right with humility; this seems to be a good place to start the topic of teaching your children about politics. November 6th is just around the corner, are you ready to vote? Do you know what issues are on the ballot? This is a very important election, do you know why? One step past those important questions is your child educated about the election, what, when, why and how? There’s not much time, but if they don’t understand here’s a good time to start educating them. Any child of any age can and should have an age appropriate understanding of what elections are and why we have them. The presidential election has always been historical in nature, but this year holds some basic ethical and moral issues in the balance. This article is not to discuss the issues, but to discuss why it’s important that we as citizens know, understand, and act as participants in the process of our countries election process.
Often people do not want to talk about politics because there are so many varying opinions, it brings out individuals and personal beliefs; ethical and moral values, and more often than not starts very heated conversations. The fear of disagreeing with others has prevented many from learning and understanding not only the process but what issues are being voted on and why. Learning about issues related to the freedoms we possess in our states or for our nation, as well as learning about those people who are running for office to represent us as individuals; takes us asking questions and talking to others about their understanding of issues. The media historically has taken sides on issues and candidates so to pick a newspaper or news channel to listen to and believe concerning specific issues on the ballot is not wise. It takes reading and listening to multiple media outlets to get all sides of a topic begin to understand the topic and make it possible for you as an individual to make an educated choice.
Do you understand the basic set up of you local, state, and federal government? Do you know who is running for president? Who is running for the Senate in your state? There are multiple offices up for election and outside the presidential choices all states have different people running for their state and local offices, it takes research on your part but it’s not to late if you do not already know. Most newspapers run an election edition where they cover state issues and cover the people who are running for offices, call your local newspaper and ask. Then take the time to set down and read them, talk to your family about them; it’s important especially in this election year that you understand that there are politicians who are looking to change our constitution. Learn about what the presidential candidates plan to do, not from the election commercials, they are deceiving, but from speeches and their history of voting and the work they’ve done in the past. Don’t be uneducated when you go to vote. Further, take this opportunity to teach the importance of the election and the process to your children, it’s a great growth opportunity for them and a great bonding time for your family.